This albarello has a white glazed background with an elaborate cobalt blue cartouche. A basket of fruit sits atop the cartouche, flanked by two peacocks. Also included in the design are scrolls, vines, tassels, and the face of an angel with a pendant cross. The center of the cartouche is marked “C FE: URTIC: ROM.” Urticaria is a skin rash that the medication in this jar was used to treat.
The bottom of the glazed base bares a maker’s mark, a small dot above the letter P. This is the mark of the Pennis family who owned two ceramic factories in the Netherlands from about 1723 to 1789. In addition to apothecary jars they made small utilitarian objects for the home. The family included:
Pennis, Johannes, Sr. d. 1774
Pennis, Anthoney d. 1770
Pennis, Johannes, Jr. d. before 1789
The family owned two factories, the De Porceleyne Schotel from 1723 to 1763 and the De Twee Scheepjes (the two little ships) from 1750 until around 1789.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Pennis, Johannis
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 20.5 cm x 13 cm; 8 1/16 in x 5 1/8 in
overall: 8 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 20.6375 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 751
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Crellin, J.K.. Medical Ceramics in the Wellcome Collection
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
maker referenced
C.H. de Jonge. Delft Ceramics

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